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    petticoat

    Hi,

    Is ''He lives under his wife's petticoat government'' coorect?

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    Re: petticoat

    Possibly, but I don't know what it means.

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    #3

    Re: petticoat

    Quote Originally Posted by Untaught88 View Post
    Is ''He lives under his wife's petticoat government'' coorect?
    We don't say that in British English. We might say "His wife wears the trousers in his house".

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    #4

    Re: petticoat

    A Google search led to a link that said it means government by women.

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    #5

    Re: petticoat

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    We don't say that in British English. We might say "His wife wears the trousers in his house".
    Yes, or the similar phrase "She definitely wears the trousers in that relationship!".

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    #6

    Re: petticoat

    In what context did you encounter this sentence, Untaught?

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    #7

    Re: petticoat

    In this context ''He (husband) is ruled by his wife''. I know some other phrases like ''under somebody's thumb'', ''henpecked'' etc. I want to learn whether I have used it correctly.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 16-Aug-2015 at 18:20. Reason: Changing "sb's" to 'somebody's".

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    #8

    Re: petticoat

    I don't think "petticoat government" is very common.

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    #9

    Re: petticoat

    Untaught, please tell us the source of any future sentences you ask about.

    Please note that sb is only acceptable as a space-saver in dictionaries.

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    #10

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I don't think "petticoat government" is very common.
    I'd never seen it before, until this question was asked, and I've still yet to hear anyone say it.

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